Women tweet about their abortions to dispel the stigma surrounding it

Sep 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. ET
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Women are courageously taking to Twitter to share their stories about abortion — and it's starting a powerful conversation.

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The hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion was created over the weekend by activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison in reaction to the news that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. In reaction to this decision, women have banded together to share their personal accounts.

Many women have revealed that they felt relief after the abortion, not regret.

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Women have also shared the situations they found themselves in before choosing to get an abortion.

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And a reminder that no one should govern the rights of your body.

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There are also encouraging stories of women who have gone on to conceive later in life — and are enjoying motherhood.

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It takes a lot of courage to share such a deeply personal story on social media, knowing that there may be negative backlash from trolls or those that are anti-abortion.

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But the fact that this happened and that women are not even able to share their stories about abortion without receiving harsh criticism prove this is a topic that, as a society, we need to discuss.

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